I remember having a drink with him in New York City at the Carlyle Hotel in Bemelmans Bar. He was in a good humor. There is nothing new about that. But he kept saying, “Only in America. Only in America. Could a guy like me … ” Frankly I forgot the last part of his declaration, but whammo! he slammed his beer mug down with every “Only in America … ” He put me in mind of Lou Gehrig claiming to be “The luckiest man on Earth.” Rush knew that he was pretty lucky too, although he worked for everything he got. He was a consummate pro. To the very end he never whined or complained, and he always gave his all.
A month or so ago he sent me an email thanking me for something I had done for him: “Thanks, Bob. Always appreciate and always love hearing from you.” Now he will have to wait for my bedtime prayers to hear from me. Rush was a great man who should be remembered in all of our prayers.
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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief ofThe American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: The Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, National Review, Harper’s, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris), and elsewhere. He is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.
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